Friday, October 2, 2009

An Apple a Day

Tis apple pickin' season. A time of year that reddens the cheeks, warms the heart and inspires band names. Here now, a list of musicians who take their apple pickin' seriously.

1. The Apples In Stereo
The best band making modern psychedelic music in Denver, Colorado (via Athens, Georgia). Part of the Elephant 6 Collective, known for bands like Of Montreal and Neutral Milk Hotel.
Apple Rating: 6 out of 10. Very tasty at times but a tendency too write to many songs that sound exactly like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."

2. The Appleseed Cast
Lawrence, Kansas' finest experimental rockers. Imagine Sunny Day Real Estate colliding with a heavier Built to Spill.
Apple Rating: 7 out of 10. Oh so good, but sometimes these songs need an editor to cut back on some of the guitar noodling.

3. Fiona Apple
A bright shiny red apple whose insides are being devoured by worms. Fiona came right out of the starting blocks as a troubled little girl and adulthood hasn't made things any easier.
Apple Rating: 5 out of 10. When she's good, she's great but beware of the rotten parts.

4. The Apples
An Israeli funk/jazz/turntablism band I just discovered on Myspace. These guys would be awesome if it were 1985 right now.
Apple Rating: 4 out of 10. Maybe this just isn't my thing but I definitely suggest checking out their cover of Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name of."

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